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combination before ? Does it not recall a certain episode in the
life of Hitler? But yes...and in case we have forgotten, the
author hastens to remind us :
'Xcriman not only disagreed with Patel but like the storm-troopers
Ernst and Roehm he had personal differences wiih-the Dictator. The
storm troop leaders were shot by Hitler. Nariman was not shot, but
A convenient word5 'eliminated,' and one with which we shall
constantly meet in our investigations of Congress procedure.
As if to make certain that we do not overlook the resemblance
between the two dictatorships, Congress and Nazi, the author
bluntly asserts : * It was never an ideological difference, it was <a
difference ia method and stress/ He illustrates this by comparing
Patel with one of his most famous rivals, Chander Bose. 'The
difference between Patel and Bose is the same as the difference between
Hitler and Rudolf Hess:
Of these two gentlemen, most of us would probably register a
reluctant vote for Hess. But then, we are not Congressmen.
t It would be necessary to quote the whole book to build up an
accurate picture of this towering, swashbuckling, ruthless politi-
cian, who is one of Gandhi's very closest collaborators. Perhaps he
best expressed his personality—and his fitness to b.^ judged as a
responsible statesmen—in a single sentence which he made just
before his arrest. It was at the time of the Cripps mission. The
Japanese were sweeping towards the frontiers. Inside those fron-
tiers millions of voices were being raised in discord—*lie down and
let them trample over us'—"get up and fight *—'resist'—* do not
resist!' Poor Cripps !
Above all those voices rose the voice of Patel. At the last great
Congress meeting he made a thunderous speech.
* He demanded that the British should hand over the power to ANY-
BODY—to the Muslim League, or to the Hindu llahasabha, or even
to criminals and dacoits* We would rather be ruled by the dacoits
than by the British.'
That had the true Goering note, and the audience yelled
"^approval with true Nazi fervour. Those well-meaning British
sentimentalists who so constantly blacken their own country's
reputation in the eyes of zhe world may perhaps, for once in a way,